FTI appoints Knott America corporate comms leader

WASHINGTON, DC: FTI Consulting has promoted Robert Knott to corporate communications practice leader for the Americas within the firm's strategic communications unit.

WASHINGTON, DC: FTI Consulting has promoted Robert Knott to corporate communications practice leader for the Americas within the firm's strategic communications unit.

Knott, who assumed the new role in August, will help drive the 75-strong practice's growth and new business opportunities. FTI hired Knott in January as senior MD, a title he retains with his promotion.

In his new role he will collaborate with other groups at the firm to further develop its corporate communications offering, while continuing to work closely with clients.

He is based in Washington, DC and reports to Americas head of strategic communications Mark McCall.

“[FTI] spends a great deal more time in the C-suite than the typical firm,” Knott said. “I will be helping to clarify the firm's institutional point of view on issues our clients care about, such as digital communications and reputation management. We have those capabilities already, but we want to sharpen those points of view.”

Knott replaces Betsy Neville, who joined Fleishman-Hillard in August as senior partner and co-chair of the Omnicom Group agency's national corporate reputation practice.

Prior to FTI, Knott was at Edelman for 12 years, where he served as global practice chairman and global client relationship manager.

Earlier this month, FTI hired Mitzi Emrich as MD in its strategic communications practice in DC, primarily responsible for helping improve the firm's social media offering.

In August, FTI's strategic communications unit reported a revenue drop of 12.9 percent year over year to $46.6 million in Q2 2012. The group also posted a $1.3 million operating loss in the quarter, partly due to a $28 million pre-tax income charge related to layoffs and consolidated office space in July.

Andrew Waterworth, MD of strategic comms and head of the financial services marketing communications practice, is leaving FTI after 15 years with the agency. His departure will follow that of Geoffrey Pelham-Lane, president of the global strategic communications practice at FTI, who left the firm July 27.

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